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Monday October 07, 2002
11:09 AM

Module of the Day

[ #8217 ]

Today's catch on CPAN: Time::Duration

I needed to print out human-friendly "seconds left until completion" (i.e. "1 hour and 5 minutes") and figured someone else had done that already.

It took me no more than two minutes to find, install and use the module.

CPAN remains _the_ best example of software reuse that I've ever encountered, all categories (and that's considering that my final paper at university was titled "Organizational aspects of software reuse").


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  • Glad you liked it! When I was writing Time::Duration, the most surprising thing was that I couldn't find anything quite like it anywhere. When I tried writing the internal logic, I found out why -- it was surprisingly hard. That makes me think that endless numbers of people start to write it, realize it's ten times harder than they thought, and give up.

    Look for Time::Duration 1.02 in CPAN probably by time you read this. By popular request, I added a new function, concise(). Where ago($thing) might re